From the Organizers:
Our speaker this month is Ed Cavazos. Ed Cavazos is a technology attorney and the managing partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s Austin office. His practice focuses on intellectual property and cutting-edge issues in the internet, e-commerce, video game, and software industries. He routinely advises his clients on licensing and technology transactions, IP disputes, data rights and privacy issues. He has been involved in a wide variety of high-profile legal matters, including assisting on the Steve Jackson Games lawsuit against the U.S. Secret Service while still a law student, successfully defending tech companies against patent and copyright trolls, and representing some of the earliest entrepreneurs developing NFT and Metaverse-related business models. As one recent example, Ed represented Larva Labs (the developers and IP owners of the CryptoPunks NFT collection) in the March 2022 sale of its underlying IP right to Yuga, the owners of Board Ape Yacht Club, in one of the most notable transactions in the nascent NFT industry. For the past three decades, Ed has been a thought-leader on the intersection of law and technology. His 1994 book, Cyberspace and the Law (MIT Press) was one of the first texts exploring internet legal issues and over the years he has written a number of law review articles exploring similar issues. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he is currently teaching “The Law of Software, Video Games and Interactive Entertainment.” Ed was one of the founders of EFF-Austin in the early 1990’s and has, since then, served in various officer, board and advisory board roles.
New technology has always posed a unique challenge for our legal system. Digital technologies in particular have been transforming society at an unprecedented pace, and the law struggles to keep up. The Internet, virtual worlds, the blockchain, distributed finance and similar technological innovations stress our current legal precedents and often pose questions to which there are few good answers to be gleaned from established legal doctrines. In a free-form and interactive conversation, Ed will explore where the law gets it right and where it gets it wrong when addressing the digital revolution and, most importantly, what may be coming next. Along the way, he will share his experiences from over 30 years of legal and academic work at the forefront of new and disruptive computer-mediated technologies.
Tuesday, April 12
7 pm CT
The Devvie Room at the Capital Factory, on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel at 701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX
Note: To locate Devvie, locate Capital Factory's main event room off the Omni lobby, Voltron, Suite 150. Once inside, there should be someone at the desk to direct you to our meetup, but, if no one is there, proceed to the left past the kitchen and down the hallway, Devvie is right around the corner. You may also message us on this event or message us at @EFFaustin on Twitter if you are having trouble finding us.
This talk will also be livestreamed on Youtube.
This event is organized not by EFF, but by EFF-Austin, a grassroots group participating in the Electronic Frontier Alliance. The EFA is a network of grassroots organizations across the country committed to promoting digital rights. Together, we're building a movement to promote freedom of expression, privacy, security, creativity, and access to knowledge.